A new literary festival with superstar authors and wordsmiths, exciting activities and interactive curiosities hosted by Archway’s venues, spaces and shops
Welcome to the first ArchWay With Words festival - a spectacular 8 day event full of intriguing things to see, hear, read, write and do...
There’s a glittering line-up of superstar authors and wordsmiths, who between them have – literally- sold millions of books, won shelves-full of awards and entertained people all over the world. It's in the Archway Methodist Church, The Tavern, Hideaway, ASAD, Oak & Pastor, St John's Church, Archway Market...see the programme and map for full details of venues!
There are interactive projects in shops & online, offering a marvellous mixture of entertaining ways to take part.
There are events every day of the week bookended by two special all-day festivals on Saturdays 21st & 28th.
AWWW is great value for money with most sessions only £5 for two authors thanks to funding from Islington, Word 2013 & Archway’s businesses.
All Library and Children's Events are absolutely free.
We've got novelists, playwrights, poets, comics and a few musicians thrown in - because we love them!!! Check the Full Programme page above to get an overview of all the week's goings-on, hitting each day's CLICK FOR THE FULL STORY, for all the details and pics.
You'll find FREE events galore, and can book ticketed events in advance; check the Tickets page above.
See you at the festival on Saturday 21st to help launch Archway’s wonderful week-long celebration of words!
Here's a preview, take a deep breath.....here we go!
We've got: Tracy Chevalier on her latest book, Booker nominated Charlotte Mendelson, Bill Paterson reading his autobiographical stories, Paul Morley on Bowie, Colin Grant on Marley; the Rastamouse creators telling stories, Jah Wobble reading from his new collection of poetry, giving a bass masterclass and playing a gig; Caitlin Davies giving insights, Charlie Higson on terrifying teenagers, Joanna Briscoe on obsessive love, John Hegley being John Hegley; Tim Wells at the Tavern, rising star Michaela Coel singing and poetizing, Caroline Walton presenting 'Smashed in the USSR' with Steve Sampson & Max Daly on 'Narcomania'; Michele Hanson & Wendy Wallace on writing about Hampstead Heath, Mark Hudson on 'Archwayology', Tina Seskis shooting up the fiction charts, Ifeoma Onyefulu charming the children; Diane Samuels on 20 successful years, Yasmin Whittaker-Khan on her latest project, MH Baylis & Gabriel Gbadamosi on their lauded London novels: 'Death at the Palace' and 'Vauxhall', Paul Lyalls comedy poet wandering around...Natural Born Storytellers taking the stage, a Candy Gourlay extravaganza at Archway Library, a Traditional Irish-Song-Singalong, Kate Shortt's hilarious comedy cello set; The Lovebuzz Project & Wandeeboos: young'uns creating music - and Songlines Choir in glorious harmony singing Sarah Jewell's compositions; Sue Hubbard & Sarah Hesketh reciting their poetry, Kate Corkery storyteller telling stories...Skin & Wire with French Punk-Folk-Blues, Shannon Kyle on confidentiality clauses, Sir Burbia telling us how it is, George Nelson on his photographic documentary book; Lucy Popescu on being a Good Tourist; Paul Weary leading Words of Worship through singing at the Archway Methodist Church', a Second Chance to see Germander Speedwell, and 'Angry' Sam Berkson leading Archway's first ever POETRY SLAM from Hammer & Tongue!
You can also...
....tell us a song about reading, join in our flashmob singing 'Wuthering Heights'; help with our mission to collect the untranslateable; add to our 'Long Poems', take part in 'Treasured Words' Oral History project, come to the launch of Audio Islington Magazine, come to London's favourite bookstall presenting a 2nd hand quality bookfair, meet the authors and pick their brains, make a Dadaist poem, see films...and more!.....there's even a chance to dress up for our Mass Alice in Wonderland Fancy Dress party!!!